Powell Custom Handmade Silver RBO Flute
Perfect Performance Plan
Included with every new instrument:
- Pre-Sale Set-Up
- Owner's Check-Up
- Three-Year Warranty
Clean, sophisticated, classic. sterling silver has the perfect balance of a true and ringing sound with projection and color. From the ethereal thin-wall flute to the earthy heavy-wall flute, sterling silver has an immediacy which allows players to freely express ideas and gestures. Available in three varieties of tubing thickness, .014”-.016”-.018”, each thickness has its own characteristic color. the brilliance of sterling silver gives lightness and freedom. Available with either soldered or drawn tone holes, all our sterling silver Custom Flutes have a pinless mechanism with the modern Powell scale. Your instrument can be customized with a B or C footjoint, in-line or offset G keys, or a variety of additional mechanisms.
The Powell .925 Solid Custom Handmade flute has superb projection and clarity of sound over the range of the flute. Weightier and slightly more resistant than the Handmade Conservatory, this flute has a big sound with a large dynamic range.
- Lumina: Powell's newest style of headjoint, the Lumina has style and panache. Supple yet responsive, it moves quickly throughout the range with little effort. This headjoint’s clean and energetic sound is the perfect complement to our more classic styles.
- Philharmonic: A traditional cut, capable of broad dynamic ranges, and creating a deep rich tone with extraordinary carrying power and focus.
- Soloist: Open and free in the top octave, rich and deep in the middle and bottom octaves, with great projection and flexibility.
- Venti: A very colourful and rich headjoint designed in conjunction with Paul Edmund Davies. It is open, has a large dynamic range, and possesses an especially free high register.
In 1916, Verne Powell joined the Wm. S. Haynes Company to make wooden flutes and piccolos. By 1926, he was the shop foreman and was running much of the business at Haynes; later that year, he left Haynes to make his own flutes and Verne Q. Powell Flutes, Inc. was incorporated.
The instruments were immediately recognized as the very best a flutist could play and endorsements flowed in from flutists around the globe. In 1928, he completed his first all 14K Gold flute; soon piccolos and alto flutes were added. By 1930 the brand had representation in the Boston, Detroit, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Baltimore, and New York Orchestras. There were flutes which had a life of their own; #365 the “World’s Fair” Platinum flute of William Kincaid, #900 the only flute ever made entirely of 14K White Gold, #1142 the “Signature” Flute.
In 2016 Verne Q. Powell Flutes, Inc. was purchased by Buffet Crampon, joining nine other brands of wind instruments to complete the largest group of wind instrument manufacturers in the world.
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- Fully handmade .925 solid headjoint, body and mechanism
- Custom headjoint, with choice of cut: Lumina, Philharmonic, Soloist or Venti
- Soldered tone holes
- 10k white gold springs
- French-style 'pointed' key-arms
- Straubinger pads
- Pinless mechanism
- E ring as standard, with the option to upgrade this to an E mechanism on the offset model
- Leather-bound wood case
- Leather pochette case cover
- Wood cleaning rod
- Cleaning cloth